Mobile Security: Mobile Devices Are The Next Big Opportunity for Hackers

Published on 10/29/15 03:30PM

Mobile Security, Endpoint Security

With malware losses costing upwards to $500 Billion dollars, rest assured that malware writers will want to set new records for 2015[i]. As the world becomes more interconnected, the speed to deliver future technologies has become an important factor to get ahead of the competition. Competitive pressures continue to force companies to deliver the next big thing, but they are creating security loop holes, vulnerabilities, and security lapses that facilitate malicious attacks. 

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Mobile Application Security: Soon Enough, Hackers’ Attack Vector of Choice

Published on 07/10/15 03:30PM

Mobile Security, Technology

… but overlooked by app developers and enterprises alike

Recently, the Bitdefender Research team found a security flaw in Instapaper. The popular Android app allows users to save and store articles for reading, particularly when they’re offline, on the go, or don’t have Internet access. Users have to create an account to be able to check notes, liked articles or access other options. The vulnerability discovered lies not in how the app “fetches” content from the web, but in the fact that it doesn’t perform any certificate validation. This opens the door for man-in-the-middle attacks [1]  that could allow an attacker to use a self-signed certificate, start “communicating” with the app, and collecting authentication credentials. Such an attack could have serious consequences, especially for those who use the same password for multiple accounts – they could have several accounts hacked into. 

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Mobile Malware: Reinventing the Wheel or Not?

Published on 06/04/15 02:30PM

Threats, Mobile Security

Mobile is everywhere, no pun intended. At a security conference I attended recently, one of my colleagues humorously quoted Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L Jackson, from Pulp Fiction by saying “Say mobile again, I dare you, I double dare…”

It’s true: it’s ubiquitous and unavoidable. And for plenty of good reasons. For example, Gartner stated this year that Android alone “surpassed a billion shipments of devices in 2014, and will continue to grow at a double-digit pace in 2015, with a 26 percent increase year over year”. It’s forecasted to surpass the 1.5 billion by 2016.

That type of volume and usage draws a lot of attention – both “good” and “bad” – as it clearly demonstrates a huge and growing market space, with possibly a lot of unexplored business opportunities. When it comes to bad news, it generally travels fast. So when we look at attacks and hacks in the mobile space, there is more than a lot of expectation, at least within certain sectors, to see how this market is and will evolve: who will be the main players, what will be the plays etc.

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3 Key Security Takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC15)

Published on 03/19/15 04:00PM

Mobile Security, Network Security, Technology

This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC15) was the biggest yet. With over ninety three thousand attendees from two hundred countries and speakers from all industries touched by the mobile market, the event was abuzz with mobile innovations. But, mind you, the show’s major theme has evolved since its first edition ten years ago. It’s not just about ‘mobile’ anymore. It’s about mobility and all the connected devices that make up the Internet of Things. And we could clearly see a number of trends shaping.

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4 Ways Mobile Insurers Can Generate New Revenue Streams

Published on 11/06/14 02:30PM

OEM Business, Mobile Security

The mobile phone insurance revenue market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17 % by 2020. As a business executive working for a mobile insurance carrier, you’re surely after a significant portion of it. But how do you go about gaining more revenue?

As we showed in our previous article on how to differentiate a mobile insurance plan from your competitors', it is important that you adopt a proactive approach and diversify your offer, to address emerging mobile risks. As mobile malware is on the rise, adding mobile antimalware protection to the insurance mix will not only help with the diversification, but will provide real value to the increasing number of mobile users facing risks posed by mobile malware.

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How to Differentiate Mobile Insurance with Mobile Antimalware

Published on 10/21/14 04:38PM

OEM Business, Mobile Security

Lately, we’ve seen a shift in mobile users’ mindset from “Do I really need insurance for my smartphone?” to “What’s the best smartphone insurance plan?” In a market as commoditized as the mobile insurance one, this shift surely brings joy to any mobile insurer. But it also puts pressure on them to find ways to differentiate their packages from the competitors’. As such, more mobile insurers are starting to realize that, in order to differentiate themselves, they need to change their approach: from a reactive one, where the phone damage has already been produced and the customer receives a new one, to a more proactive approach, where the customer can actually prevent the damage.

If you’re a business executive working for a mobile insurance company, you may be interested to know what exactly a proactive approach means. In a nutshell, it’s about anticipating customer concerns and giving them control over their digital lives. How can you achieve such performance?

Start by completing these steps:

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Smart Homes Controlled by Smartphones Need 3x Smarter Security

Published on 10/09/14 04:21PM

OEM Business, Mobile Security, Network Security, Endpoint Security

Oh, what’s in a home, if not comfort and safety? But what if you could enhance these attributes? Just imagine getting comfortable in your bed and suddenly realizing you forgot to lock your front door. What if, instead of actually going downstairs to lock it, you could just stay in bed and press a “lock door” button on your smartphone? You could do that – if you had a smart home automation system in place.

Although it’s still in its infancy, this niche market is creating a lot of hype in the tech world. There are mobile apps available for both Android and iOS which can control just about every device or functionality in your home. And there are actual home automation systems you can install and create a home network of interconnected devices and appliances that you can control through your smartphone. According to research company HIS Technology, by 2018 there will be 45 million smart home devices used as part of home automation systems around the world.

Controlling all of your smart appliances through your smart phone sounds so convenient, doesn’t it? But what about security?

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Mobile Malvertising on the Rise

Published on 10/07/14 04:13PM

Threats, Mobile Security

As the tech market trends show, the use of mobile devices continues to grow, and so do the mobile security threats. And since mobile devices are always on and carried from home, to work, on the weekend outing, to the annual or monthly shopping spree and everywhere else, they’ve become a prime target for ‘malvertising’.

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